Location in BHU campus:Planted in Ayurvedic garden
Botanical name : Sapindus mukorossi Gaertn.L.
Family : Sapindaceae
Vernacular / local Name : Hindi-Ritha; Kannada-Aralakai; Tamil –Poochi kai; Malayalam-Pasakotta; Telugu-Konkudu
English names : Soapnut
A medium sized tree.Leaves pinnate ,crowded near end of branches,leaflets 10-16,lanceolate-oblong,acuminate or obtuse.Flowers white or purple in terminal and lateral panicles.fruit subglobose,fleshy,saponaceous.
Flowering and Fruiting : May-Feb
It is associated with the constellation Hast (Delta Corvi).
The fruits are commonly used as substitute of soap for washing clothes ,hair and jewellery.